Finally did the Oxy-Vin soak!

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Finally did the Oxy-Vin soak!

So I soaked my diapers in the oxyclean + vinegar over night. Didn't have so much of the reaction that everyone talks about- it bubbled up some, some no smoke and it didn't really get hot either. They are in the wash now. I did one hot wash with an extra rinse and then I'll just keep doing extra rinses until I don't see any more bubbles. My parents have a very new model HE frontloader, so we'll see how this goes. They also have INCREDIBLY soft water (like I keep dropping dishes while washing them because they are SO soapy- it's seriously like I didn't really realize just HOW hard our water in Laos is!)...so hopefully I can get these dipes clean now, and then get some good hard water soap to take back to Laos, and not have any more problems!!! Wish me luck!

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Good luck! Hope this works for you. An oxiclean soak really helped us here for things I couldn't boil with softer water (though not quite as soft as your parents!).

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Good luck! It really worked for me, too...and I totally know what you mean about soft water being a shocker after a long time being used to very hard water. I remember the first time I washed my hair at my FIL's house in CT and it was like a shampoo explosion.

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Good luck! It really worked for me, too...and I totally know what you mean about soft water being a shocker after a long time being used to very hard water. I remember the first time I washed my hair at my FIL's house in CT and it was like a shampoo explosion.

That totally happens when I visit my mom. I wind up spending like 20 minutes getting the soap out of my hair!

I hope the soak works for you, Mara!

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I was really procrastinating getting back into cloth while I SLOOOOOOWLY got everything set up (got a diaper pail, still waiting on my sprayer to get hooked up, etc, etc)...but I ran out of sposies this morning, so, DD is back in cloth. So far so good. I have to say the diapers are so much softer after this one big clean! She's wearing a diaper over-night now, so we'll see if there is any smell in the morning! I hope not! Smile

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KUP! Biggrin

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Yes, KUP!

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How did it go?

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Did you ever in your life think you'd have so many people waiting with baited breath to know how your diapers smell? ROFL

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"cactuswren" wrote:

Did you ever in your life think you'd have so many people waiting with baited breath to know how your diapers smell? ROFL

I came back too to see the results. We are freaks apparently.

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"CamelNoodle" wrote:

I came back too to see the results. We are freaks apparently.

Just glad it's not just me. Lol

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Seriously, I'm bummed. Although her day time diapers didn't smell, the night time one did. I did have to kind of stick my nose in it, but, the ammonia smell was very apparent. So it was better, but hardly all gone. Sad

I'm doing a regular wash now with my new bag of Crunchy Clean (well, I didn't use the whole bag...just two scoops). Thing is, even with my parents SUPER soft water, I didn't see ANY suds when they started washing! I don't understand that.

So, anyway... I guess we'll see how these dipes come out in the end, but I might have to try a Dawn strip in the washer. That can't hurt the machine in any way, right (it's a new HE machine- I cannot afford to damage the machine!)? I am just frustrated that I don't know if I need to do extra rinses if there are no suds apparent... but who knows??? Sad

Also, I really feel very special that so many of you are checking up on me and my diapers. Smile

Also, can I just say- my dad has to change part of the toilet thing to attach my sprayer, so he hasn't done it yet... he's been busy. So, I've had to deal with 2 poopy diapers with no sprayer. UGH. Letting them dry out mostly helped, but ugh, swishing. My dad needs to get with it and do whatever needs done to attach that sprayer!!!

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Well I'm glad it was better at least. I don't think the Dawn should hurt anything--I was using it all the time by the end of my CD days and my washer is just fine!

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If you do dawn you'll be doing A TON of washes afterwards b/c it takes so so so much to rinse it all away and HE washers make that more difficult. Have you tried boiling anything without pull, snaps, etc - like inserts? That made such a HUGE difference to us just last month in getting rid of the crap that came from using RnG HR all winter.

Crunchy clean doesn't make hardly any bubbles at all. It's "missing" the ingredients (which I can't think of what they're called at the top of my head right now) that creates all those bubbles that say laundry detergents like tide do. It's not necessary to have bubbles to clean well. Bubbles are just extras really. I look to see if there's any swirling or discoloration happening when washing to make sure everything is good to go, but I also have a top loader.

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

If you do dawn you'll be doing A TON of washes afterwards b/c it takes so so so much to rinse it all away and HE washers make that more difficult. Have you tried boiling anything without pull, snaps, etc - like inserts? That made such a HUGE difference to us just last month in getting rid of the crap that came from using RnG HR all winter.

Crunchy clean doesn't make hardly any bubbles at all. It's "missing" the ingredients (which I can't think of what they're called at the top of my head right now) that creates all those bubbles that say laundry detergents like tide do. It's not necessary to have bubbles to clean well. Bubbles are just extras really. I look to see if there's any swirling or discoloration happening when washing to make sure everything is good to go, but I also have a top loader.

The only dipes we've been using mostly right now are our BG AIOs- which all have snaps, etc. I just haven't used my FLIPs since we got home- but they were never the super stinky ones anyway.

Good to know about the Crunchy Clean and no bubbles. It's impossible for me to see through the slightly tinted door to see if the water is changing color or anything. Sad Plus, it's a HE machine, so, it seems like there is almost no water in there anyway.

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AIOs are harder to get rinsed cleaned when dealing with an HE. Sad

Have you searched around Diaper Swappers? Maybe somebody there has posted something useful?

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When DS1 got to be about 2.5 I had to stop putting him in cloth overnight, his urine was just too concentrated I guess and he was getting ammonia burns. It didn't matter what I did, how much I stripped, bleached, soaked, sunned, etc., we'd put him in sposies to let it clear up and then as soon as we put him back in cloth for the night the burns were back within 2 nights. DS2 had no problems at all, no problems with his overnights and even no problems if I switched him DS1's overnights, it was only DS1 and it was with any and every diaper I tried. Just letting you know that it may unfortunately be unavoidable, you're diapers may be completely and totally clean and spotless, but she just can't handle cloth at night anymore as she gets older. Sad

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Have to say, the Crunchy Clean seems to have worked better than the Oxy-vin! I've washed twice with crunchy clean, and I stuck my nose in this morning's diaper, and it didn't smell! I am DEFINITELY stocking up on the Crunchy Clean for hard water when we head back to Laos!

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YAY!!! Biggrin

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Yay! I recently switched to Crunchy Clean and I must say I also love it. Works way better for us than Rockin Green ever did!

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"ambie719" wrote:

Yay! I recently switched to Crunchy Clean and I must say I also love it. Works way better for us than Rockin Green ever did!

Rockin' Green or Allen's Naturally or BumGenius detergent... better than ALL of them!!!

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Yay! I recently switched to Crunchy Clean and I must say I also love it. Works way better for us than Rockin Green ever did!

I swear RnG tried to ruin my diapers! Blum 3

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Bah. I spoke too soon. Although the diapers looked/smelled clean, DD was CRYING asking me to take the diaper off saying, "It hurts! It hurts!" Sad Totally fighting diaper changes. And her bum/girl parts were all red...so, she was I guess at least having some rash if not burn from them. Sad

So, I'm stripping with Dawn right now and she's back in sposies. And, um, I put in a lot of Dawn...the whole door of the washer is white with suds now- like you can't even see the diapers inside, except when one falls against the door. I'll be doing a LOT of rinsing. But God help me, this better work!!!

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I hope this works for you. :grouphug: I'm thinking there's still something in the diapers and once sorted through the CC will do well for you.

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I swear RnG tried to ruin my diapers! Blum 3

ROFL

Mara, I hope the stripping works and that you don't end up with the same unfixable problem I had. Sad Have you tried bleaching the inserts too?

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When we were still in Laos and didn't have access to any of these other stripping agents, I was bleaching almost with every wash. SO yeah.... we've done bleach.

My parents super-high tech machine is showing a message "sud"- I'm assuming that means like, "ridiculous amount of suds in machine"- which there are. They better be doing their job! The good thing is it also keeps lighting up "sensing" which I guess means it will just keep rinsing until it thinks the suds are gone... and then *I* will keep rinsing for like two days after that. Smile

Wish me luck. My dad was like, "You put DISH SOAP in the WASHER?" I guess you hear about how dish soap can ruin dish washers, right... so he almost freaked on me. But I was like, "NO THIS IS SAFE." Lord almighty, I hope it's true! DH and I were just discussing how money is so tight we can't really afford to replace our baby monitor which broke recently...so having to buy my parents a new washer is NOT on my list of things I'd like to do with money I don't have. Smile

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OMG...seriously, kill me now. After rinsing, rinsing, rinsing for almost a full 24 hours, I let the house this afternoon after turning on the washer for one more soap free long wash cycle (figuring it would be a lot like one long rinse, yeah?). So... I just went to see what was up with the diapers, whether or not they were in the washer still... and they are in the dryer.... dry... WITH TWO DRYER SHEETS. KILL. ME. NOW.

So what do you reckon... will that have undone all the good a strip did? Obviously, it's my own fault, I need to tell my parents that if they ever transfer diapers for me, that they cannot ever put anything in with them... but what now??? Sad So sad. So, so sad. Sad What do I do? Anything? Just try them and see how they go?

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Oy. I have no idea how big a disaster that is because we don't use any fabric softener. I wouldn't jump to re-stripping right away. You'll know soon enough if you'll have to re-do it. Also, since your parents use fabric softener sheets you might have to start wiping out the dryer before you dry your diapers to keep the residue from coming off onto them.

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When I was staying with my ILs for a few days in February, my FIL added a dryer sheet behind my back! It really upset me, but in the end it didn't affect the diapers. I think repeated use would be rather harmful, but one time use didn't seem to impact them enough for me to notice. So I wouldn't panic, I'd just use them as is.

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"TiggersMommy" wrote:

Oy. I have no idea how big a disaster that is because we don't use any fabric softener. I wouldn't jump to re-stripping right away. You'll know soon enough if you'll have to re-do it. Also, since your parents use fabric softener sheets you might have to start wiping out the dryer before you dry your diapers to keep the residue from coming off onto them.

My mom got all offended the first time I did diapers in her house and I cleaned out her washer before doing my diapers. They love their fabric softener! *sigh*

Considering we don't use either dryer sheets or fabric softener period with our regular laundry, I don't get the need that most people seem to have to use it. We don't have static cling at all and everything is still soft!

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Yeah, I have no idea why people use them. I think its for the smell more than anything.

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I think so too. Man, when our neighbors do laundry if you are outside you can TASTE it. *shudder*

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OK good to know.... we'll start with the diapers again tomorrow and see how we go. Thankfully, my parent only use dryer sheets, and they use free and clear detergents. So hopefully it's not too much of an issue... but I guess we'll see!

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

My mom got all offended the first time I did diapers in her house and I cleaned out her washer before doing my diapers. They love their fabric softener! *sigh*

Considering we don't use either dryer sheets or fabric softener period with our regular laundry, I don't get the need that most people seem to have to use it. We don't have static cling at all and everything is still soft!

We have crazy static with DH's clothes, specifically his thick wool army socks, so I use a tiny bit of fabric softener in his loads only, and no dryer sheets.

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"ambie719" wrote:

We have crazy static with DH's clothes, specifically his thick wool army socks, so I use a tiny bit of fabric softener in his loads only, and no dryer sheets.

Have you tried dryer balls?

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"alwayssmile" wrote:

Have you tried dryer balls?

We have the Nellies PVC-free ones right now. I've been looking into wool ones I just don't understand how more wool will help with our static-y wool problem KWIM? Feel free to explain how it works to me Biggrin